Lantern Clock by Edward Bird
EXCHANGE ALLEY, LONDON
A fine, late-seventeenth to early-eighteenth century, London-made lantern clock.
The dial plate with early tulip engraving and carrying the maker's signature 'Edward Bird Exchange Alley London'. Single pierced iron hand.
The silvered chapter ring with Roman numerals, inner quarter hour track with half hour markers enclosing the centre with silvered Arabic alarm setting dial with tudor rose engraving.
The strapped bell over urn finials and three cast pierced frets engraved with crossed dolphins and floral motif, supported on tapering Doric columns to ball feet.
The two train, weight-driven movement with countwheel strike, centre-swing, verge escapement with short bob pendulum and single Huygens continuous chain.
The clock is of standard lantern clock proportions, standing 15" high to top of bell finial with 5 3/4" square frame and 6 1/4" high engraved dial plate.